Spawning endangered white abalone

Tomorrow, July 12th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (CMA) will attempt to spawn white abalone and members of the public are invited to watch! Why is this exciting? Because in the wild, white abalone are considered to be reproductively extinct; meaning there are too few living too far apart in the… [read more]

Thoughts on World Oceans Day

Another World Oceans Day has come and gone. (It was yesterday, June 8th, in case you missed it!) And I can’t stop thinking about an article I read yesterday titled “Goodbye Holocene, hello Anthropocene.” The article discusses how humans have managed to make such an impressively destructive impact on planet earth that we are transitioning… [read more]

Ted Danson on his new book Oceana

I had an awesome weekend at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC. For anyone who hasn’t been to the festival, you must go! It’s the largest book festival in the U.S., maybe even the world (but don’t quote me on that), and it’s FREE! The only thing you have to pay for… [read more]

My first tsunami watch

Wow, another first took place yesterday making this a record week of firsts. My first tsunami evacuation and watch. Upon pulling into the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium entrance, I was greeted by police caution tape and an LAPD officer who said the aquarium was being evacuated for the tsunami advisory. Several people headed for the end… [read more]

My first fish kill

This is a week of firsts, my first grunion run and now my first fish kill. The grunion didn’t show, but the dead fish sure did. I was supposed to be the naturalist for the whale watching trip on the Voyager this afternoon, but alas, it was canceled because not enough people purchased tickets. So… [read more]

Talk on the Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill

If you wish to understand more about what really happened during the Gulf oil spill, then I know just the lecture for you! On Friday, February 25th, at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Sean Anderson of California State University Channel Islands, will present his work on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Anderson and his research team are… [read more]

The ACS conference is fast approaching, don’t miss it!

On November 12th, just a few short days away, the American Cetacean Society’s (ACS) 12th conference begins! If you love whales, dolphins and porpoises, don’t miss this conference! Two years ago, I became addicted to whales, dolphins and porpoises, after attending a presentation hosted by the American Cetacean Society’s Los Angeles Chapter (ACS/LA). Then I… [read more]